For Fans, Countdown to Kickoff Starts Now


Jordan Hooper will participate in two Sports Nightly segments Wednesday.

Bo Pelini on Defense   Bo on Offensive Line   Bo on Freshmen

By Randy York

For Husker fans, countdown to kickoff starts now.

Nebraska Football Fan Day, presented by U.S. Cellular, is set for Friday from 2 to 3:30 p.m. inside Memorial Stadium. To whet your appetite, check out three quick-hitting Bo Pelini audio bites at the top. They’re Bo’s takes from Big Ten Media Days on an improving defense, having potentially the best offensive line he’s had in seven seasons as the Huskers’ head coach and why he won’t shut the door on the possibility of playing incoming freshmen.

Pelini is in the midst of a media frenzy. Wednesday, he has a more than four-hour plate of interviews awaiting his visit to ESPN studios, beginning with a “First Take” session, followed by an ESPNU college football podcast with Ivan Maisel and an Insider interview with Brett McMurphy. Then it’s SportsCenter, an Chat, plus the Scott Van Pelt & Russillo Radio Show. Next comes Digital Media in a different building and College Football Live in Studio A. After that, it’s an interview with Travis Haney in a Café Annex and back-to-back radio interviews for Coach & Company and Sport Center Tonight.

Pelini set a good tone for the season in Chicago, and Keith Mann, Nebraska’s assistant athletic director for Media Relations, sent the media a detailed account of coach and player availability that will begin Friday and go all the way up to Nebraska’s season opener against Wyoming. In the week leading up to the Cowboys, Pelini will continue to meet the Nebraska media at his Monday press conference and talk to Big Ten Conference media on Tuesday teleconferences.

Husker fans should check out Husker Sports Nightly this week when special hosts pinch-hit for a vacationing Jeff Culhane. Tonight John Baylor will interview John Ingram, NU’s associate AD for Capital Planning and Construction at 6:30 p.m. Baylor will interview Husker running backs coach Ron Brown at 7 p.m. and Olympic Silver Medalist Jordan Larson at 8 p.m. Audio highlights from all three shows will be posted here on Wednesday.

Matt Coatney, the play-by-play man for Nebraska women’s basketball, will interview Brenda VanLengen Wednesday at 6:20 p.m. VanLengen, a former Husker assistant, was an ESPN commentator during Jordan Hooper’s USA gold medal experience at the recent World University Games in Russia. Coatney also will chat Wednesday night with ex-Husker Kelsey Griffin of the WNBA’s Connecticut Sun. VanLengen will spend two in-studio segments with Hooper.

Lane Grindle will host Thursday’s edition of Sports Nightly, and Ben McLaughlin will coordinate Friday night’s full coverage of Nebraska Fan Day.

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